All posts tagged: backyard pests

I Can’t Kill Critters: Why I’m Non-Negotiable on Guns

Amy’s “incident” in the local paper. (Photo: Amy Barr/ TueNight) One morning last fall, I got in my car and turned the ignition key. Typically at this point the electronic memory system kicks in and the seat and mirrors adjust to my personal settings. But not on that day. Instead, a dashboard light flashed, alerting me that the air bags weren’t functioning. But the car was drive-able so I took it to the dealer for a look. The diagnosis: Squirrels had chewed through the computer wires. The price tag for the repair: $1,500. It’s moments like this that cause my husband to ramp up his periodic desire to buy a rifle. No, he doesn’t want to shoot the car dealer, he wants to off the squirrels (and moles and rabbits and possums and deer) who have tormented us in so many ways during the 20-plus years we have owned our house. These critters treat our garden as their personal buffet, digging up veggies as fast as we plant them. Others munch the tops off tulips …